HIQA has reported that a residential centre for 13 adults with intellectual disabilities recorded an average of one incident of physical or verbal resident-on-resident abuse each day over a three-month period.

Residents told the watchdog's inspectors that they felt unsafe within their home due to recurring incidents in the Co Wicklow facility whose closure the regulator is continuing to consider.

The centre is home to 13 adults who need significant support particularly around their behavioural needs.

It is operated by Sunbeam House Services, a long-established charity operating similar centres throughout Co Wicklow and in south Co Dublin.

Today's HIQA report of last September's unannounced inspection said the centre was full to capacity with residents living in three houses on a single campus.

It was the centre's eighth inspection in the past four years and its purpose was to monitor a de-congregation plan produced by Sunbeam House last spring in response to HIQA's threat to take deregistration proceedings in the courts.

But the report said the owner's plan to move certain residents to more suitable accommodation remained unimplemented and that residents continued to be subjected by peers to incidents of aggression.

"Some residents … informed them (inspectors) that they felt unsafe within their home due to recurring incidents," the reports states.

The inspection found that, due to of the mix of residents, they continued to be subjected to aggression and that 96 incidents of physical or verbal abuse had been recorded there within the previous three months.

The report said the peer-on-peer abuse remained an ongoing issue within the centre.

It states: "The core issue remained … the incompatibility of the residents which was impacting negatively on the majority of residents living in the centre."

HIQA added that the quality of life had not improved for residents who continued to voice concerns about living in Rosanna Gardens with some outlining the negative impact on them of the mix of residents.

Inspectors were told that two properties had been identified as possible alternative accommodation for some residents.

However, the report said a representative of Sunbeam House Services was not available to meet inspectors to discuss the progress of the de-congregation plan meaning that they discussed it only with the person in charge and the Deputy Manager of Rosanna House.

Sunbeam House Services has acknowledged and accepted the findings of the report in a statement this evening. 

The charity said it has taken steps to ensure the safety of all residents currently residing in the location, and has increased the level of staffing both front line and managerial.